UFC on Fox 6: Free Event Was as Good as Pay-Per-View for MMA Fans

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (black shorts) fights John Dodson (white shorts) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Although the best MMA events are usually reserved for pay-per-view, true fans were treated to a great product in UFC on Fox 6. As a whole, the card was as good as something that would cost a lot more money.

The event had everything that fans could have hoped for in a card.

In the main event, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his title against John Dodson. While some fans do not enjoy watching flyweight, these competitors are as technically sound as anyone in the sport.

Dodson gave the champ a legitimate fight as it lasted all five rounds, but Johnson easily showed that he is the best in the weight class with his great takedowns and moves on the mat.

Regardless of division, there are few things better than seeing a great fighter doing what he does best.

In addition, there were some other high-profile matchups that gave the card some serious depth. Although Quinton "Rampage" Jackson barely resembles the fighter he once was, the veteran presented some serious star power.

Jackson likely finished the last match of his career, but Glover Teixeira did not let him leave on top. The Brazilian was the better fighter on the day as he won by decision, likely ending Rampage's career with a loss.

To fill out the main card, Anthony Pettis knocked out Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas knocked out Erik Koch. Both of these fights are PPV-level, and the Lamas-Koch fight was actually supposed to take place at UFC 155, according to MMA Junkie.

It will not be surprising if Pettis and/or Lamas soon find themselves in contention for titles in their respective weight classes.

Obviously, this full card will not match a PPV with Jon Jones or Anderson Silva, but top to bottom, this was as good as one of these events. 

UFC on Fox 6 also compares very favorably to UFC 155, the most recent PPV event. Cain Velasquez easily won his rematch against Junior dos Santos, but there was little on the rest of the card to keep fans excited.

While it is hard to blame the promoters, UFC 155 lacked the knockouts and submissions that draw fans to the sport.

UFC loves to promote the PPV events because it obviously brings more money into the league. However, Fox did a great job of putting a card together and the competitors made it worth it.

Fans who were able to watch certainly should not have left disappointed after a great night of fights.